The Tampa Bay Lightning moved into first place with a 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Thursday night in Florida. Cederic Paquette had his first career hat trick for the Bolts. Darren Helm scored the lone Detroit goal, as the Wings six game win streak came to an end. The Wings are home to the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Bryn Forbes equaled a season high with 18 points as Michigan State won on the road at Rutgers 71-51 on Thursday night. Brandon Dawson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for MSU, will return home to face Michigan on Sunday.
The Detroit Pistons lost their fourth straight game, getting embarrassed by the lowly Philadelphia 76ers 89-69. The Sixers jumped out to a 24-4 lead in the opening quarter and never had their lead get below nine points. Greg Monroe had 20 and Jodie Meeks 19 for the Pistons, who host Houston on Saturday at the Palace.
The Detroit Red Wings won their sixth straight game on Tuesday, beating the Florida Panthers 5-4. Luke Glendening scored two goals and Stephen Weiss added a goal and two assists for the Wings. Detroit moved into first place, one point ahead of Tampa Bay, who they play in Tampa on Thursday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers got huge performances from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to beat the Pistons 103-95 on Tuesday night at the Palace. Irving finished with 38 points and James with 32. DJ Augustin led the Pistons with 19, while Greg Monroe scored 17, and Anthony Tolliver 16. The Pistons play at Philadelphia on Wednesday.